Hi Ladies. As you already know, there is a lot of cost involved in our personal hygiene. There are the razors, the waxings, the skin care regime, the hair appointments, the make-up, nail care… the list goes on! And then there is the dreaded monthly crimson visitor and its associated costs. Whether you use pads or tampons, there is a wide range of brands to choose from, and we are led to believe that the pricier, fancy, all the bells and whistles brands are the best and must have option. Well ladies, if your monthly visitor is hurting your hip pocket, then it’s time to challenge that view.
A while ago I was desperate and skint and so purchased a cheaper (‘no name’) brand of pad to that that I usually use. I tried them with trepidation but ended up being pleasantly surprised! They adhered to my underwear much better than my usual, dearer, brand which meant they were more comfortable as they didn’t become unstuck, bunched up, or riding up into the nether regions of my behind. And, of course, better sticking power means less fear of leakage. How could this product be cheaper AND better quality?! As I have said before ladies, cheap doesn’t necessarily mean nasty.
I recommended this cheaper brand to a lady I know who struggles with budgeting on a low income and she agreed, this cheaper brand performed much better than the more costly brand she would normally purchase. We both agreed we would use this cheaper brand from now on. So why not give it a try if you find purchasing pads and tampons uses up more of your budget than you’d prefer.
Late last year I discovered reusable cloth pads. A lot of people wrinkle their noses at the thought of cloth pads (but what do you think our ancestors used?), but for me who has often wondered and worried about the environmental impact of disposable pads and nappies, was delighted to learn of their existence. I had used cloth nappies on my daughter when she was a baby and had wondered off and on about repurposing old nappies to create some sort of menstrual pad.
I found out a lady I know makes cloth pads so I decided to try them out. I got her to make me a pad and some panty liners (as I wear liners daily for LBL). Although there is a bit of an outlay initially for a full set of cloth pads, they will definitely save you money in the long run. On top of the savings and the benefit to the environment, there are a bunch of other awesome reasons for using cloth pads. I had been told that they will reduce period cramps, I was sceptical but again pleasantly surprised, and who wouldn’t want to reduce period cramps?? I was also told it would make the flow lighter, and here, I was very sceptical, but after trialling for over 6 months, it seems the claim appears legit. What I really liked about the cloth pads was the reduction in odour. I had always struggled to feel clean at that time of the month and that is partly due to that sickly metallic rotting meat smell I would experience every time I would take down my pants to go to the toilet. How can one expect to feel clean when emitting such a horrid smell? But the smell must have something to do with the materials in the disposable pad and how they interact with the menstrual blood (I’m really not sure), all I know is that horrid smell is not there when I use the cloth pads- YAY! Another bonus I noted was that I didn’t get nappy rash. When using disposable pads, especially is warmer weather, I would experience an uncomfortable rash on my behind. AND they stay wonderfully in place in your underwear 🙂
Now, I hear you asking “What about tampon users?” Well you have not been forgotten. One option is the Diva Cup, though I can’t tell you much about these, as having never been a tampon user, I have never tried them. The lady who makes my pads though, is a tampon user and after doing some online research, she asked me to crochet her a tampon. I got online to do some research of my own and found that the design of these crochet tampons is quite simple, you just can’t use acrylic yarn because it won’t absorb the blood, a cotton and/or bamboo blend is the better option. See the picture below for the tampon I crocheted. (I used a yarn that is half and half cotton/bamboo).
These tampons use only a little yarn to make and so are a very cheap option (if you can crochet your own) for the monthly visitor.
So don’t settle for the more expensive brands of pads and tampons, unless you are happy with their performance of course. Explore other options, you may be pleasantly surprised too.